The Fencers' REACH is the collective name for the fencing students who are members of the REACH Homeschool Co-Op. This site was created to augment their studies and practice. We meet on Fridays, mid-day.
Fencing has history, being a sport descended from the Duel of Honor. It has romance in being associated with the likes of Cyrano de Bergerac and D'Artagnan. It is a physical sport that has been a part of every one of the modern Olympic Games since they began in 1896. It is especially great as a family experience. Very often sibling, parents and children, even grandparents and children learn to fence together. Have a hard time tearing the kids from the television or computer? Once they have held their first foil and donned their first fencing mask, they become active participants in worlds they only viewed as spectators before.
Fencing is an activity that can be maintained one's entire life. Adult fencers often learn alongside their children, and get a good workout too. The physical activity is complemented by the mental play in fencing as you have to solve the problems presented by your opponent to score points. This gets a young person learning action/reaction as well as basic strategy without ever being aware they are developing such skills..
And, of course, they will be swordfighting! How cool is that?